Sentinel Progress

Bring on the eclipse!

Alright people, we are now roughly two weeks away from Eclipse Day and I gotta tell you, I am ridiculously excited.

I look at all the upcoming events and parties and news coverage and all I can think is: This is so cool.

Having never witnessed an eclipse (partial or otherwise) before, I went all out. I ordered pairs of eclipse glasses for my family months ago along with a special solar filter for my camera that cost more than I’m willing to discuss in this column.

Seriously, my husband might read this …

But, as it always is, whenever a large group of people are trying to enjoy something, there are the party poopers — and it’s to them that this next little piece is addressed …

Eclipse Jerks: Why go all out for an event that’s only going to last a couple of minutes?

Seriously? How lame are you that you’re not excited (or at the very least curious) to see the skies go dark in the middle of the afternoon? After all, solar eclipses might happen all the time — but certainly not here. People are flying in from all over the country to check this out and it’s right here in our back yard!

Bottom line? This is awesome and I refuse to miss it because I’m “too cool” to be bothered to look up.

At the same time, I do resent the sudden surge in merchandise from people trying to make a quick buck off what is essentially a predictable solar event. Everywhere you look online there’s “Easley Eclipse 2017!” T-shirts and stuff and honestly it strikes me as … tacky.

Speaking of “tacky,” let’s talk about Clemson University charging for “prime” parking spots. Charging people to view the sun? Crap move, Tigers. Here you had the opportunity to provide an entertaining, educational and engaging venue for the public and instead you decided to try and turn a profit from it.

Not cool.

SWU, on the other hand, knows what’s up. They’re going all out — partnering with the county — to celebrate with the community as opposed to trying to turn a dime. That’s where I’ll be.


But no matter where you are in the state — and whether you ordered your fancy solar glasses or are viewing via an old school pinhole projector — take the time to appreciate this. Watch it with your family, throw your own eclipse party — whatever. But have fun and don’t let the naysayers get you down.

After all, the next total solar eclipse to be visible from Upstate SC won’t happen until May 11, 2078 — and frankly, that’s too long to wait.

Strickly Speaking

Kasie Strickland

Kasie Strickland is a staff writer for The Sentinel-Progress and can be reached at Views expressed in this column are those of the writer only and do not necessarily represent the newspaper’s opinion.